Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic Corporation of North America is hosting a free CE recycling collection event for consumers at its hometown, here, in October.
The event will be held at Panasonic's corporate campus at 50 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Panasonic's northern New Jersey neighbors are welcome to recycle their consumer electronics items, including televisions, VCRs, stereos, video monitors, computers, printers, cellphones and more. This is strictly a consumer event, and businesses are not invited to participate, the company said.
Panasonic already has more than 640 locations in its voluntary nationwide recycling program and holds scores of events across the country every year, helping ensure that millions of pounds of electronics are properly disposed, the manufacturer said.
David Thompson, director of the corporate environmental department, Panasonic Corporation of North America, said in a statement: "In addition to Panasonic's widely recognized environmental responsibility for its manufacturing, sourcing, transportation and sales activities, we seek to ensure we have a positive impact on the surrounding environments where we operate. Panasonic is pleased to host this local drop-off event to provide another easy, responsible recycling opportunity for our Secaucus-area community and to help alert others about the services Panasonic offers for recycling consumer electronics."
Panasonic said it is committed to recycling its end-of-life products properly, and has announced a goal to grow its nationwide recycling program to include at least 800 drop-off sites by next year.
To date, Panasonic has recycled 20 million pounds of electronics. Panasonic subscribes to strict electronic product recycling standards, including that no products be exported for recycling.
In addition, to support effective and responsible recycling, Panasonic founded MRM (Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company), together with Sharp and Toshiba, and in 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared the joint venture the first-ever winner of the Plug-In To eCycling TV Recycling Challenge Award. MRM was awarded the honor over other programs on the basis of its partnerships, innovation, longevity, consumer outreach, accessibility, pounds of TVs collected and ability to ensure that responsible recycling practices are followed.
Since MRM was established in 2007, the company has been responsible for recycling more than 55 million pounds of electronics.